The Polar Project

NEWS: Publication of “What is White”
NEWS: Publication of "What is White"

The Goethe-Institut has created a website dedicated to Culture and Climate Change, and they have included me as one of the artists representing Antarctica. They feature my essay, What is White, which has now been translated into German and Portuguese, and show some of my recent work from the ice continent. Click HERE to visit the site!…read more »

NEWS: Book Publication
NEWS: Book Publication

I’m excited to share that excerpts from my recent expedition to Antarctica were included in a book that has just been published! The new release, titled Arte da Antártida (Art from Antarctica), includes an essay from my writings and over 30 of my images. The book examines art created on the Ice Continent by more than 20 artists and artist collaborations from around the world. Please see below for more information: Arte da Antártida (Art from Antarctica) is an 190-page hardcover book filled with color photographs and includes essays by Alfons Hug, Ilija Trojanow, Mirko Bonné and Erika Blumenfeld. Published by Aeroplano (Rio de Janiero, Brazil) and organized by the…read more »

Crossing 66˚
Crossing 66˚

Day 31; February 22, 2009; Southern Ocean, Antarctic Circle Average Daily Temperature: 33.88˚ F Average Daily Wind Speed: 10.82 mph Feels Like: 17.65˚ F One doesn’t forget the first glimpse of an albatross. With wingspans up to ten feet, they are stunning in flight—ever graceful in the thick ocean wind. Albatross are known for their gliding, and hardly need flap their wings. By using the updraft of the wind off the ocean’s surface and the shape of their long elegant wings they can glide endlessly. I was quite fortunate to see five species today: the majestic wandering albatross, the sooty albatross, the light-mantled sooty albatross, the black-browed albatross and the…read more »

Frozen Sea
Frozen Sea

Day 30; February 21, 2009; Penguin Bukta, Fimbul Ice Shelf, Southern Ocean, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: 24.53˚ F Average Daily Wind Speed: 14.77 mph Feels Like: 2.38˚ F This morning I awoke to find that the sea had literally begun to freeze. All around the ship, and as far as I could see, the surface of the ocean was covered in small discs of solid ice. Though the equinox is still a month away, which definitively marks the change of seasons, one can already see the signs of the quickly approaching winter. Watching the Southern Ocean freeze before my eyes was an awesome sight—completely profound, if not seemingly impossible. The…read more »

Edge of the Ice
Edge of the Ice

Day 29; February 20, 2009; Penguin Bukta, Fimbul Ice Shelf, Southern Ocean, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: 19.14˚ F Average Daily Wind Speed: 18.91 mph Feels Like: -9.23˚ F The first day on the SA Agulhas was spent acquainting myself with my new territory. This would be my first time on a sea voyage and there was much to comprehend, not the least of which was being atop a thing which never ceases to move about below you. The seawater around the ice shelf was relatively calm, but a certain finesse was still required in getting about the ship. My cabin, which I would eventually share with three other women, was…read more »

Bidding Farewell
Bidding Farewell

Day 28; February 19, 2009; Penguin Bukta, Fimbul Ice Shelf, Southern Ocean, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: 20.93˚ F Average Daily Wind Speed: 35.1 mph Feels Like: -31.72˚ F Dawn both elated my soul and dimmed my heart, as this sunrise marked my last day on the continent of Antarctica for this journey. I had been up all night, again, attempting to observe and capture the ever-changing nature around me. The base was completely silent, deep in the arms of Morpheus. I, bundled in all of my gear, took the video camera outside to record the light from our massive star, which was proclaiming the day on the southern horizon. Facing…read more »

At Sea
At Sea

February 19 – March 2, 2009; Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica to Cape Town, South Africa From today until March 2, I will be traveling from Antarctica to South Africa aboard the South African National Antarctic Program’s Research Vessel, the SA Agulhas. I will not have internet access while on the ship, and so the blog posts I will write while on the Agulhas will not be posted until I get to Cape Town. I look forward to sharing the final leg of my journey with you then….read more »

Packing ICEPAC
Packing ICEPAC

Day 25; February 16, 2009; Vesleskaervet, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: Average Daily Wind Speed: Feels Like: The last three days were entirely given over to the completion of the ITASC expedition, and all of our work in the field. After shooting the interior photographs of ICEPAC for the exhibition catalogue, and finishing each of our individual art projects, we began the complete removal of the mobile base—an exhaustive experience that took 30 consecutive hours of hard manual labor in the freezing cold. It was a significant moment, as it marked the successful end of ITASC’s four-year undertaking. It also held the distinct poignancy, that subtle sorrow, that comes…read more »

Keeping it Real
Keeping it Real

Day 21; February 12, 2009; Vesleskaervet, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: Average Daily Wind Speed: Feels Like: Tonight would be my last night sleeping in ICEPAC on this trip. The wind had picked up, and while ICEPAC remained calm and firmly poised against the 20+ knot winds, it was not impervious to the cold air. Deeply inside two sleeping bags, I was still tensely chilled in the biting temperature. There are few things quite as humbling and centering like sleeping in a tent in Antarctica. Out in these harsh elements, one is called to be completely present with the force of this icy, windy continent—one must stay mindful, or…read more »

Solar Alchemy
Solar Alchemy

Day 20; February 11, 2009; Vesleskaervet, Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica Average Daily Temperature: Average Daily Wind Speed: Feels Like: Several days before I left Marfa to start my journey here to Antarctica my good friend Steve Holzer and I found ourselves in a conversation about sundials. I had remarked that the sundial up at the McDonald Observatory was, ironically, inaccurate for most of the year, as it didn’t account for daylight savings time. Steve, a true renaissance man, has spent a lot of time between the worlds of art and science and is, himself, both artist and inventor. Steve, it turned out, had designed a sundial back in 1982 which…read more »